16 of the best Thanksgiving dramas to air this week

In Jodie Fostercomedy, Holly Hunter plays Claudia Larson, who returns home for Thanksgiving after losing her job and learns that her daughter (My so-called life-era Claire Danes) plans to spend the holiday with her boyfriend. Her homecoming home was filled with colorful performances by Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning as her eclectic parents, Robert Downey Jr. as her perverted brother, and Dylan McDermott as a semi-mysterious dinner guest.

New world

In the hands of Terrence Malick, the story of the Virginia settlement Jamestown serves as a moving reminder of the darkness inherent since America’s founding. Colin Farrell plays the British Captain John Smith, while Q’orianka Kilcher bring to life Pocahontas about a love story that ended from the very beginning.

One thing is true

What started as a trip home for her father’s birthday turns into a three-month marathon over the holidays when Renee ZellwegerEllen finds out that her mother (Meryl Streep) Cancer. The duo teamed up in an emotional Thanksgiving scene that may have secured Streep her 11th Academy Award nomination.

Piece of April

Sometimes the typical April of (Katie Holmes) Fate feels as if it depends on whether or not she successfully cooks a turkey in her crowded Lower East Side apartment. As April prepares to welcome her family in suburban Pennsylvania, the high-stakes nature of spending a day living with a loved one — due to Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Alison Pill, and John Gallagher Jr. — Jump in.

Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving

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Nothing feels more nostalgic over Thanksgiving than watching Snoopy prepare a snack of jelly beans, popcorn, and a mountain of avocado toast for all. Peanut friend. And Vince Guraldi’s timeless soundtrack makes the perfect soundtrack for your own festival.

The cold shivers

Flashbacks of Thanksgiving provide a prime backdrop to the complex dynamics between a group of recently reunited college friends, led by Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, Mary Kay Place, and William Hurt. Lawrence KasdanThe film earned three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Supporting Actress for Closing.


Make this your annual reason to enjoy a Pauly Shore transport. In this 1993 comedy, Shore plays Crawl – the fun-loving RA who meets Carla Guginoby Rebecca at the fictional University of Los Angeles. While visiting her conservative family over the Thanksgiving holiday, Crawl has to play Rebecca’s fiancé so her high school boyfriend doesn’t propose. Then there are terrible accidents from overseas fish farms.

She’s Gotta Have It

Although not a Thanksgiving-themed movie, protagonist Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) invites all three of her potential suitors to a tense dinner that very holiday, prompting her to make a memorable decision between them from her best vantage point. This is much of the world’s introduction to Spike Lee, is both an actor, a director, and an electrician.

Pull out the knife

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Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome and Jaeden Martell in ‘Knives Out.’Claire Folger 16 of the best Thanksgiving dramas to air this week

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